Lee Gae-ho nominated as agriculture minister
Blue House spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom said the president nominated Lee because of his insight into the structure and affairs of the Agriculture Ministry, as he is currently serving as a member of the Agriculture, Food, Rural Affairs, Oceans and Fisheries Committee in the National Assembly.
Kim added that Lee, who is in his second term as a lawmaker, will be a good fit to address issues such as avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease, problems that the Agriculture Ministry deals with almost every year.
Lee became a civil servant after passing the public administration exam in 1980. In 2014, he was elected to the National Assembly as representative of South Jeolla. Lee’s appointment will be confirmed after a parliamentary hearing at the National Assembly.
Former Agriculture Minister Kim Yung-rok stepped down in March and was elected governor of South Jeolla in the June general elections.
BY CHOI HYUNG-JO [email@example.com]